I bought green shirts and I am wearing them.Â I have turned my twitter icon temporarily green.Â I keep getting up from the middle of other tasks and checking on events in Iran, even though I am usually far more disciplined.Â But I thought I should write down some reasons since my family asked, and since it’s useful rumination.
- The futurist in me is totally fascinated by the role social media and worldwide transparency are playing.
- The writer is fascinated by the stories and raw emotion.Â Everyone is emotional.Â I cried when I saw Neda’s death. How pointless.
- The American in me does not believe religion and government should be all mixed up together.Â Both are better and stronger if separated.
- Watching the unrest in Iran is being part of something, perhaps something big, that is happening in the world.
- There is a bit of adrenaline in this.Â Just being honest.
- I am hopeful for positive change.Â Ahmadinejad with nukes is scary.Â I would like Iran to be a country I am not afraid of.
- (And I think this is the biggest one for most Americans) – I believe in freedom, and I believe that freedom needs honest elections.Â If – at the core – that is what the Iranians are fighting for, it is worth it to me.
- I have found Iran interesting since I read two books.Â One was “Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi” and the other was “The Ends of the Earth:Â From Togo to Turkmenistan, From Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy, by Robert D. Kaplan“
Some things I am not “For”
- Formal government action by the US.Â This is not ours to solve.Â It would probably backfire.Â Read some of the posts at the Tehran Bureau if you don’t agree – they are in first person and more eloquent than I could be on this subject.Â We can help and we can cheer, we can retweet and write, but there is no other useful role for us.
- I am not particularly “for” Mousavi.Â Nor against him.Â My vote is irrelevant on this issue, as it should be.
I hope my support is useful to even a few Iranians, or that it helps keep the attention here on the events there.Â This is worth watching and helping where we can, as individuals.
What do you think?